Ray Lewis may be harder on illegal gun owners than he was on running backs ... demanding that anyone caught with illegal firearms should get a MANDATORY 25 year prison sentence.
The ex-NFL superstar was going off about gun violence in the U.S. -- specifically in Chicago -- when he offered up his solution to stop the shooting.
"I would put barrels on each corner and I would give you 30 days to drop all illegal weapons in these barrels," Lewis said.
"And if you found yourself going outside of that, the moment I found you with 'em that's 25 years MANDATORY."
FYI -- first time offenders caught with an illegal gun in Illinois face up to a 1 year behind bars ... so Ray's plan is much more severe to say the least.
By the way, we did a little digging and found that a gun amnesty program in the U.K. back in 2003 netted 40,000 guns and close to 1,000,000 rounds of ammo.